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Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Nest


I was shopping at Old Time Pottery this weekend and came across this little planter. It was only .69 cents so I bought it and figured I would do something with it. The problem is I only bought one so I need to go back and get more. Why do I always do that? Note to self: When you see a deal at least pick up a couple more GEEZ!

 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. A sweet little spring nest to put in the sun room. I had some Spanish Moss and grabbed a handful.  I shaped it in my hand to form a nest and made a dent in the center and hot glued the frayed ends to look like this:

Oh yeah working with Spanish Moss is messy as you can see! Then I bought some fast drying white clay at Michaels for 6.50 but had a 40% off coupon so more like $3.90. You will only use a little but will have leftovers for future projects. I formed an egg-shape with the clay. Doesn't have to be perfect.

I used this, but any fast drying paintable clay will do. The eggs need to dry for at least a day before painting.
I used a turquoise blue acrylic paint for the eggs to give it some color. I used an old toothbrush dipped in brown and white paint to add a speckled look. Just run finger over bristles.

When paint is dry hot-glue to the inside of the nest. Add a little bird if you like! Too cute!

The finished product........


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19 comments:

Carol said...

Love it!!! I'll be Old Time Pottery tomorrow so I'll have to check for that bargain.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is such a great idea, and looks so sweet! I'm over from TTT.

Olive Cooper said...

Very well done and the urn is a great find. I buy well priced urns whenever I can. hugs♥O

Teresa said...

This is just too cute, I love anything to do with birds so this hits the spot for me. Thanks for sharing.

Moogie said...

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♥ Miss Tea said...

totally love the result! it's so inspiring to make eggs from clay and thanks for the sharing how to make the nest too! lovely! Happy Feathered Nest Friday!

On Crooked Creek said...

Deneen,
I adore what you did with your urn. I have two of the same ones...
mine were nearly $7.oo each. .. you got a great bargain! Thank you for some cleaver inspiration today!
Fondly,
Pat

Pamela said...

This is just adorable. You are so creative! I know what you mean about buying more than one. I'm always coming home with one then wishing I had bought 3.

I'm a new follower from Feathered Nest Friday.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You've created the sweetest little nest. Boy, you got a great deal on that urn. I go to OTP, but never get any bargains that good.

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Way to cute! Thanks for sharing such a great idea...

Take care,
Lisa

...m... said...

This is so cute! Very creative...love the pot too!
Inviting you to link up your spring or green projects @ Spring Green
All the Best!
...M... @ RequireLife

CAS said...

That is so adorable. I found some little birds, 2 for a buck, at the $Store last week, but hadn't been able to find bird nests. Imagine I'm slapping my palm to my forehead right now -- so simple & clever to use moss. You could even add some twigs & thread to add a little more interest. I'm so doing this next week. Thanks for sharing; and , oh, I'm your newest follower.
CAS

Kathleen said...

That is really pretty! Wish we had OTP in NY!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love it- it is just adorable! Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I love this! Don't you just love Old Time Pottery...one of my fav stores! What a great Before and After project!

Craftberry Bush said...

Great minds think alike ... I just used my air drying
Clay to make a little egg display. I love
Your sweet nest ! Xo
Lucy

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

How cute!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Don't forget to put a button in your post or sidebar!

laurie said...

I never thought of using that clay and I needed little eggs,, thank you for this post,,

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